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07 December 2017
Issue Ten
Principal's Report
College News
Parents and Friends Association
Important Dates
St John's Regional College
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5-11 Caroline Street
Dandenong, Victoria, 3175

Principal's Report


Our reports for Semester 2 will be available to parents early next week and will provide feedback for students as to how they have performed over a range of assessment tasks. Students will be able to see at what level they are currently performing and the recommendations from their teachers as to how they take the next step in the development of their knowledge and skills. The summer break gives all students some time to review the goals they have set for themselves over the past year and set new ones for the 2018 school year. I encourage parents to set aside some time to discuss with their children the feedback from the semester reports as research indicates it is an important step in children taking ownership of their learning and becoming lifelong learners.

Launch of  2017 Shared Stories Anthology

I congratulate the following students who participated in the launch of the 2017 Shared Stories Anthology last Monday at Star of the Sea College in Brighton; Yuhan  Huang, Kaitlyn Suson, Minvi Giray, Tiana Amoretti, David Suson, Donglei Tu, Vanshita Udasi, Kevin Williams, Nadine Pelayo, Shayne Fisher.  


Over 30 Catholic Schools in Melbourne participate in the production of Shared stories, which this year saw students contribute art works, short stories and poetry under the theme of  “Journey”. The Anthology is published each year in the State and National Libraries which is a wonderful acknowledgement and  achievement for our students.


Student David Suson was acknowledged from St John’s for his creative writing contribution to this year's “ Shared Stories”.  The number of students involved in this event will grow each year and I wish to thank our Arts and English Leaders Mrs Tania Robinson and Mr Michael Toomey for inspiring and challenging our students in this their inaugural year in the Shared Stories Anthology.

Cambodian Immersion

On Sunday 26 November 15 students and two staff members left for Cambodia. During their two week Immersion experience students will gain an insight into the history of Cambodia and conduct classes within the  local school in Phnom Penh. 


The Eagle

The College yearbook, The Eagle, has been completed for 2017 and will be made available to students over this final week of school.


I congratulate Mr Quentin Smith  and Mrs Katrina Blick  for capturing the vibrant life of our school community through many beautiful pictures and carefully crafted words.

Retirements and Staff Departures 2017

I acknowledge the following staff who will be leaving St John’s at the end of the year and thank them for their wonderful service to St John’s over many years.


We wish them well for the next stage of their journey whether that be a well deserved retirement or new roles in other settings.


Mr Paul Aarons

Mr Stephen Bourbon

Ms Mary Cerdor                                              

Mrs Piety Coad

Mrs Heather Dawson

Mrs Lee Geraghty

Mr Robert Machalek 

Mr Lance McDermott                                   

Mrs Susi Nixon

Mrs Anne O'Dell

Mrs Mithlesh Pathik

Mr Matt Soroczynski                                    

Mrs Cheryle Spink           

Ms Jan Vaughan                           


I also welcome the following new staff for 2018:


Mr Joshua Bateman                               AFL Trainee

Miss Harmony Miller                              Lasallian Youth Minister

Mrs Angelique Phillip-Kemp              Mathematics

Mr Tim Swan                                             RE, History

Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 who enjoyed a wonderful celebration of their graduation at St Patrick's Cathedral  followed by  dinner at the Plaza Ballroom.


Christmas Office Hours

The College Office will close for the Christmas Holidays on Friday 22 December  at  12 noon and will reopen at 8am on Monday  22 January.


I pray for Jesus Christ’s wish of Peace and Joy for all members of our community as we move into the wonderful celebration of Christmas and the Holiday season ahead.


I look forward to and pray for everyone's safe return for the 2018 school year. God Bless you all.


Tim Hogan, Principal

College News

School App Notifications - Update for 2018

A quick reminder to update the settings on the school smartphone APP.

In order to receive school notifications that are relevant to your child’s year level you will need to change the APP settings to reflect their 2018 year level.


To do this simply go to the settings section of the APP, turn OFF the year levels you no longer need and turn ON the year levels that your child will be in for 2018.

Shared Stories

On Monday 27 November a group of students from Years 7-12 attended the launch of ‘Shared Stories’, at Star of the Sea College, Brighton. This was an outstanding event representing the best of student writing and artwork across twenty- five Catholic colleges.


Students included

 Year 12

Elena Molinaro and Jade Morris

Year 9

Minvi Giray, Yuhan Huang, Kaitlyn Suson

Year 8

Tiana Amoretti, David Suson, Donglei Tu and Vanshita Udasi

Year 7

Shayne Fisher and Nadine Pelayo


St John’s Principal Mr Tim Hogan and representatives from the Arts and English Learning Area Mrs Tania Robinson and Mr Michael Toomey also attended the event. There were about 500 students in Sebastian Hall, all of whom were either writers or artists. They eagerly browsed through the Anthology ‘Shared Stories’, to see their contributions in a published work.  Afterwards special guests, Mr Glen Manton and Professor Matthew Ryan from the Australian Catholic University, commended the audience.


 The anthology will be displayed at the Victorian and National Library, Canberra, so they are now all published artists. It is a significant achievement indeed. I invite parents and friends to take time to peruse the ‘Shared Stories’ anthology at Reception. I am confident you will be inspired by the student excellence, which lies within.


Mike Toomey, Learning Area Leader - English

Water Rockets

What better way to finish off a Year 8 Science topic on Rocks than with Rock-et Science?  Students were asked to prepare a water rocket to achieve maximum altitude by experimenting with the water trust to mass ratio. 

Well done to Todd Nicolopoulos, MO8 and Wani Suliman, DE8 who were able to get their rocket into the Troposphere. 


Adam Cavanagh, Teacher

Barbie Bungee

In Year 8 Maths, students prepared a Linear Model for Barbie Bungee using a Barbie Doll and elastic bands.  The students prepared a linear graph, with the number of elastic bands as the independent variable and drop distance as the dependent variable. 

The goal was to get Barbie’s hair to touch the ground from a drop height of 2.2 metres without harming her.  Well done to Martina Dujic (DE6) and Alyssa Mileto (CO1) who were able to accurately apply their Linear Model to achieve the goal.


Adam Cavanagh, Teacher

Duo Lingo Competition Prizewinners 2017 

Congratulations to all of the following students in particular our top three highest achievers!


First Place: Alessandra Di Cosmo  AQ8 

Second Place: Donita Lacomel  AQ8

Third Place: Vanshita Udasi  MO4 


Stephanie Flechsig  AQ1

Jasmine Porretta  AQ2

Cecilia Lay  AQ4

Donglei Tu  CO1

Chrishni Fernando  DE2

Jessica Costa Tchu  DE3

Jaskiran Kaur  DE4

Martina Dujic  DE6

Wani Suliman  DE8

Tiana Amoretti  LE1

Kevin Williams  LE3

Katelyn Moreland  MO2

Jescel Estilles  MO5

Angus Nheu  MO7

Rita Kazona  MO8

Jack Barry  PH2

Sandra Ly  PH5

Parents and Friends Association

Farewell Mr Stephen Bourbon

The PFA would like to thank Mr Stephen Bourbon for his constant support over the last six years, he has been an absolute champion for the PFA and we wish him well at his next school and all the very best for the future.

2018 Presentation Ball Information Evening

The 2018 Presentation Ball Information Session was held on Monday 13 November. Several Year 10 students and their parents attended this meeting and we have since had more than 40 students sign up for the Presentation Ball next year. Any students interested should contact the school office to sign up

High Tea for Primary School Helpers

On Wednesday 29 November,  the volunteer helpers from our Parish Primary Schools were invited to attend a High Tea held in the Graduates' Restaurant. Our thanks go to Chef Kees who prepared a beautiful three tier afternoon tea to our guests.


We were lucky to have representatives from St Kevin’s Hampton Park, St Francis de Sales Lynbrook, St Mary’s Dandenong, Resurrection Keysborough, Holy Family Doveton, St Paul Apostle North and St Paul Apostle Parish team. Our Principal Mr Tim Hogan gave a wonderful presentation and Katy He entertained with her fabulous keyboard skills.


Thank you to Mrs Katrina Blick, Mrs Megan Hall, Mrs Magda Rampal, Mrs Vlasta Boscolo and Mrs Susan Hannan for their help with organising this lovely event.

Orientation Day Parent Morning Tea

All parents of students attending Orientation Day on Wednesday 13 December are invited to join the PFA in the Graduates' Restaurant after the students go to class. We will have morning tea and an Information Session to welcome you to our College.

Congratulations Class of 2017

The PFA would like to congratulate all our Year 12's on their Graduation and wish them all the very best for their future and hope they have enjoyed their time spent at St John’s Regional College.

Christmas Wishes

As another year winds to a close I would like to thank all members of the PFA for their support and hard work during 2017. Everything they do is greatly appreciated.


To all our students and their families and all of the staff at St John’s, we wish you a very Happy and Holy Christmas and a safe Holiday season. I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year.


Julia Taylor, PFA President 





Important Dates


Friday 8 

Year 7-9 Eucharist and Final Day

Early Dismissal 12.30pm

Sunday 10

Second Sunday of Advent

Wednesday 13

Year 7 (2018) Orientation Day

Friday 15 

Final Day for Teaching Staff

Sunday 17

Third Sunday of Advent

Friday 22 

Administration Office Closes 12 noon

Sunday 24 

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Monday 25

Christmas Day


Monday 22

Administration Office Opens

Friday 26

Australia Day


Thursday 1 

Term 1 Classes Commence

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